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Newcastle Will Have To Spend Big In January

8:55 am, Sunday, October 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

If there was more proof required that center back is still Newcastle’s biggest weakness then it was there for all to see yesterday when we were mauled by Manchester  City and lost the game 6-1 and that’s the first time we have conceded six goals since we lost 6-0 to Liverpool at St. James’ Park on 27th April, 2013.

remy Cabella

Remy Cabella – struggling at Marseille

The Chronicle is reporting that when Remy Cabella plays 12 games for Marseille it will trigger an automatic transfer, much like happened with Davide Santon earlier this year when he went on loan to Inter Milan.

Why did we let Davide move?

Remy has played seven games so far, but that assumes Marseille will keep playing him since he’s been in poor form for the south of France club who are struggling this season and are currently 5th bottom.

If we don´t improve our position in the league table significantly by January it’s almost a certainty that Mike Ashley will make some big money available but Newcastle will have to spend wisely.

With our current start to the season, it’s not looking like money was spent wisely in the summer – especially the 12M purchase of Florian Thauvin, who had a poor season for Marseille last season.

Florian seems to be making a similar start to his career at Newcastle as Cabella did last year.

And maybe one of the big problems at Newcastle is that Chief Scout has too much say in who is brought in with Florian being one of his big favorites and he´s been after him for over three years.

It´s very early to make too much of the signing other than to say he looks to be struggling with the physical side of the Premier League – much like Cabella did.

One of the worries we have is that if Newcastle bring in more players from the continent in January  then it will be difficult for them to make an instant impact on the team – which is what we need in January.

The transfer policy of buying players from the continent who will be good in a year or two is a flawed one.

The fact that Alan Pardew is doing so well at Crystal Palace with the manager in charge of all recruitment suggests that may be one of the problems at Newcastle.

The head coach – if he is going to be judged on team performances – should have the right to say which players are brought in during the transfer window.

There´s something wrong with the way Newcastle are being run – and that may be one of the big problems.

Certainly since the summer of 2011 we have not done well in the transfer market which is one reason we have not done well in the league since that 2011-2012 season when we finished 5th.

Newcastle have been in relegation battles twice since then.

What do you think?

Comments welcome,

Tags: Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Oct 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    “The head coach should have the right to say which players are brought in during the transfer window.”

    That’s why we can’t attract a top-level manager. Who’d take the job under those terms?

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Why did we let Davide go?

    Maybe because he couldn’t defend and once he’d bombed forward he would stroll the 80 yards back leaving us under pressure.

  • 3 nico // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I wonder if McLaren is thinking about a 3-5-2 formation. Might just be the one.

  • 4 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    The majority of managers say that buying players in January is a nightmare simply because clubs don’t want to sell mid season (unless of course, the player in question isn’t good enough to play for his club) so why oh why do we insist on getting things wrong in the summer and leave ourselves desperate come January?

    What business we may do come January should have been done in the summer as 99% of fans could see the issues and knew what was needed

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Munster Mag
    Money is not the problem we r going to spend more January and Summer once we r still in The
    EPL . The problem was that we needed a Squad Overhaul but Mcca wtd to see some play until we
    make rush decisions . I think he will see he made a mistake .
    Mcca is on the board I dont think he doesn ’t make those decisions . And Mcca is more respected
    than Pardew was.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Will die

    Not sure how much you know about McClaren but he isn’t that respected. He’s been known as the Wolly with the Brolly for years.

    He was average with boro and good at Twente the first time round. Every other job he has done has been poor.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:14 AM


    Exactly. Players don’t tend to want to move in January, especially when the Euros are coming up as they won’t want to lose their place if they are playing well in their current team.

  • 8 LocalZero // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I really think there’s a massive over-reaction here. Aguero scored with 5 of his nine touches. That’s just one of those days. No way were we bad enough for that to reflect the game. First half was great. Mitro, Perez and wini causing all kinds of problems. Should have been three or four up and on another day (like the one aguero was having) we would’ve been. Confidence is shot to pieces and there are still a lot of new players so no wonder there are no leaders at the minute. We just need a couple of decent wins (with much easier games coming). There’s no way any newcastle team of the last two years could play like we did first half. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

  • 9 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:20 AM


    It’s madness mate, we wasted good money yet again, 12 million on a very poor Thauvin when that money spent on a decent centre half could have made the world of difference and now we are going to be scrambling round to trying fix what has been overlooked and broken for years.

    Carr and Charnley must be on borrowed time by now as they have failed yet again.

  • 10 John Tudor // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    lets chuck the lot out

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    A manager should always have final say…how else can you judge him?

  • 12 John Tudor // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    cant believe people buying into ashleys shite
    nufc has fast become his shite one angry fan

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    TS #6…what did I say back in the summer and quite frankly before 😉

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Local zero

    We have done them games over the past three years. We beat chelsea a couple of times running, also beat them away. We beat Man Utd 3-0 at home….we have those games in us.

    The worry is how easy we made it for city once they had pulled back level. The team just lost their shape totally and three the towel in.

    It’s something which happens all too often.

    Here’s a stat for you….in four of the last five season we have lost a game by 5 goals or more. In the 27 years prior to ashley that happened only 4 times.

  • 15 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM


    What was obvious yesterday is the same things that’s been obvious for longer than I can remember. We have no leaders on the pitch and we are carrying far too many players that are simply not good enough.

    We’ve played well in several games but it only takes one knock back for the usual suspects to run and hide. Our captain is a total disgrace, we have no bite in midfield and past our strongest 11 we are simply not good enough for this league and all that after Carr has spent the best part of 100 million in two years

  • 16 JackButler // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM


    Our manager doesn’t have final say though, Carr has that providing of course that Charnley agrees the financial terms.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    …well we the fans can judge him, but those at the top of the club cannot. And who’s judging them?

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:31 AM


    Exactly. Carr has had bad signings but decent ones too. A big problem is that the in only buy from abroad. Last player we signed with league experience was Ba and he was fantastic. That’s what we need.


    You called it, I wasn’t excited but thought he’d be a bit better than this. I agree with giving the manager the final say, within reason. Needs to be in budget, can’t say to sign messi and ronaldo. But yes, the manager needs to pick the type of player he needs.

    Look at pardew, now he has a squad he likes he is actually doing a good job, not that I’d want him back mind.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Oct 4, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    JB…there are 4 men on that board mate…you know it and I know it!

    …it ain’t helping pinning it all on Carr when it doesn’t stick to Ashley.

    The system is flawed I agree. Been advocating the trouble is not just Ashley for a long time. Those given a job here are horrible at it and we give them all the time in the world!

    Were so please when we turned on Pardew last year…now lets turn our attention on Charmless!

  • 20 maikelw // Oct 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    There is no logic in NUFC transfer policy. They have to get rid of some old guys who don’t deliver. For instance Taylor, williamson, collicini, tiote, riviere (or what is his name again) they need to get out asap. Perhaps it is also time to see what money you can get for Tim Krul. He is not improving anymore. He does make good saves but he is not winning points anymore for Newcastle. It is so strange to see clubs as Norwich, Leicester, Bournemouth have a more solid defense with less money spent. I do miss the times Newcastle had some exiting players like laurent robert, ginola, barton, asprilla they could make a difference with their skills.

  • 21 mactoon // Oct 4, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    The fact that the Manager is not chosing his own players MAY be one of the problems? you dont say!

    The fact that we haven’t bought another centre half to replace Colo is a problem, so is the fact that the Manager thinks he is such a good player that he made him captain. wow!

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